They’re beginning to drop like flies, folks. Yesterday, Steve Bullock (who?) and Joe Sestak (who?) ended their bids for the Democratic presidential nomination, but today an A-lister (B-lister) dropped out of the race.
Sen. Kamala Harris ended her 2020 presidential campaign on Tuesday.
The California Democrat told her senior staff of the decision Tuesday morning, and later sent an email to supporters. “I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life,” Harris wrote in the email.
The announcement comes a day after an embittered Harris aide grumbled in her own resignation letter that the campaign was one of the most poorly organized she had ever seen.
But the real stumbling block for Harris wasn’t morale but funding. At the beginning of the month the campaign revealed that it was closing offices across New Hampshire, which had something of a death-knellish ring. Days earlier, the senator was making other excuses for the inevitable end of her run grousing that her gender and race might be stumbling blocks to her electability, seeming to forget in the second instance that a member of her race was twice elected to the highest office in the land.
In fairness to her, her race was a problem — for other blacks, whose support for her had dwindled to 1% by the beginning of August.
It wasn’t always so. In mid-July, a Washington Times opinion piece singled Harris out as “the candidate Donald Trump must beat,” noting that she was surging in the polls.
But in politics, as in life, you’re only as good as your last breath. Stick a fork in the Harris for President campaign. It’s toast.